Another bus ride - this time 4 1/2 hours - took us northward up the Dalmatian Coast - through a small strip of Bosnia & Herzegovina that cuts Croatia into two coastal sections (yes - two separate passport control stations to go from one part of Croatia to another). We arrived in Split, Croatia, just before 5:00 pm and had a short walk to our AirBnB apartment. The host wasn't exaggerating when she titled her listing "Amazing Location" - we were directly across from what we thought were buildings in need of repair but that turned out to be the walls of Diocletian's Palace - the #1 tourist attraction in the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a another filming location for Game of Thrones.
Somehow, Nancy and I have managed to not get hooked on Game of Thrones - we've not seen a single episode - we know how easily we could get hooked if we were to start - so many episodes, so little time. For those of you who have already taken that bait, you should know that "Kings Landing" is really Dubrovnic, Croatia. Consequently there are multiple shops and walking tours throughout the Old Town devoted to fans of this popular series. Here are some photos we took of places where filming was done [see Greta's Travels for more info on the filming sites].
It pays to listen to the friends you make on an airplane - especially when they share a passion for their heritage and provide all the good reasons why you have to visit a place. Our seat-mate on the flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik - a college student, who had studied in America, returning home for the All Saints Day Holiday - encouraged us to take a day trip to the Bay of Kotor, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Undaunted by yet another gray and rainy day, we started at our favorite 24-hour bakery to pack a breakfast of some "Burek" - a classic Croatian spiral-shaped delight made with phyllo pastry and filled with cheese or ground meat. Then we set off on a 30-minute walk to the port of Dubrovnik to catch a bus to Kotor, Montenegro.
It was a quiet Friday morning - November 1, All Saints Day, a Croatian National Holiday. A short walk to the bus terminal and a 20-minute bus ride brought us to Zagreb's flashy modern airport for our Air Croatia flight to the southern-most tip of the Dalmatian Coast - Dubrovnik: another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We crossed our fingers hoping the weather forecasts were wrong and we might enjoy a little sunshine at this popular beach resort city.
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